HomePAKISTAN CRICKETLatest Match Report - Sultans vs Qalandars Qualifier 2022/23

Latest Match Report – Sultans vs Qalandars Qualifier 2022/23

Multan Sultans 160 for five (Pollard 57, Rizwan 33, Haris 3-34) beat Lahore Qalandars 76 all out (Billings 19, Rauf 15, Cottrell 3-20) by 84 runs

Earlier this week, Lahore Qalandars coach Aqib Javed advised ESPNcricinfo about how different groups within the PSL prioritised energy hitters, whereas the Qalandars wished to go for one of the best bowlers. Right now, Multan Sultans demonstrated to them the worth of energy hitters decrease down the order, as Kieron Pollard and Tim David dug deep towards an imperious Qalandars bowling displaying to submit 160. The Sultans then went about taking aside the defending champions’ batting line-up in astonishing trend, with Sheldon Cottrell bowling away the highest order because the Qalandars folded for 76. It seals Sultans’ place within the PSL remaining for the third successive season – the primary workforce to try this, whereas Qalandars drop down into Friday’s eliminator to maintain their title defence intact.

Chasing a complete down towards the Qalandars’ bowling lineup has turn out to be probably the most daunting problem within the PSL, and the Sultans have been wise sufficient to be versatile. They received the toss and batted first for the primary time this season, and simply the fifth time of their historical past. However they have an inclination to choose these moments nicely; they received three of the earlier 4.

That victory appeared something however assured for a lot of the primary innings, with the Qalandars at their imperious greatest with the ball, stifling the Sultans within the first 15 overs. The common first innings rating this season right here was 193, but it surely turned apparent pretty quickly the Sultans would not get anyplace close to that. They managed simply 46 within the powerplay, and whereas the Qalandars hadn’t picked up any wickets, it did not appear as in the event that they wanted to.

Haris Rauf, at his fearsome quickest, struck the primary blow, although the ball he cleaned Usman Khan up with was a slower one. Zaman Khan removed a scratchy Rilee Rossouw cheaply, an enormous wicket, notably given Rossouw’s imperious document towards the Qalandars. Rashid Khan prised Mohammad Rizwan out with a mistaken’un to scale back the Sultans to 90 for 3, and Qalandars solely tightened their grip on the sport.

It was a sensational decrease order counterattack from Pollard that dug his aspect out of a gap, although it wasn’t with out its possibilities. Sam Billings dropped a skier pretty early on within the onslaught, with Shaheen Afridi and Hussain Talat lacking possibilities to do away with him. Within the meantime, he was grinding by the gears, pushing up the Sultans whole to a defensible stage, by no means extra so than when he powered three sixes off Shaheen within the penultimate over; the 20 the Qalandars captain conceded made it his costliest PSL over. It additionally introduced up a 33-ball 50 for Pollard, profitable him the Participant-of-the-Match award.

Haris hit again with a scintillating remaining six balls, hitting speeds in extra of 150 repeatedly and cleansing up each Pollard and Khushdil Shah. It noticed simply six runs scored and clawed a little bit of momentum to the Qalandars method, turning the duty over to the batters.

However Cottrell, newly arrived on the PSL, wrenched the sport out of the Qalandars arms earlier than they’d even had the chance to get the chase off the bottom. A double-strike in his second over, making prodigious use of inswing to the right-handers, put paid to each Mirza Baig and Abdullah Shafique, whereas Anwar Ali from the opposite finish seamed one superbly to knock again the highest of Fakhar Zaman’s off stump. Cottrell wasn’t performed with the ambush but, returning to dispatch Shaheen with a wild swing off the second ball he confronted discovering Usman Khan at cowl.

There was extra trauma about to be inflicted on a shell-shocked Qalandars. Pollard, their tormentor in chief with the bat, noticed two wickets fall in his first over, sloppy working catching Talat out earlier than a sensational working catch from Abbas Afridi introduced the curtains down on Sikandar Raza.

Qalandars’ ideas have been already turning to Friday’s eliminator. Billings and Rashid fell in fast succession, earlier than a couple of lusty blows from David Wiese and Rauf gave a packed, partisan dwelling crowd one thing to cheer for. It was to be ephemeral, nevertheless, with Abbas Afridi delivering the knockout blow as Haris feathered one by to the keeper.

Sultans have been thrashed in final 12 months’s PSL remaining by this very opposition. Right now, they took a serious step in the direction of making certain they may not even want to satisfy them at that stage yet one more time.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000



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